LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME Post-Mortem: Nona Parker Johnson Breaks Down Nova's Shift in 'Guns & Roses' - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME Post-Mortem: Nona Parker Johnson Breaks Down Nova’s Shift in ‘Guns & Roses’

March 17, 2022 by  

Organized Crime Nova Hugo Webb

LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME — “Guns & Roses” Episode 216 — Pictured: (l-r) Nona Parker Johnson as Carmen “Nova” Riley, Antino Crowley-Kamenwati as Hugo Bankole — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Thursday, March 17 episode, “Guns & Roses.”]

Nova’s (Nona Parker Johnson) faith in Marcy Killers’ Hugo (Antino Crowley-Kamenwati) paid off—kind of—on the Thursday, March 17 episode of LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME.

When Hugo was suspected of being involved in two murders, Nova insisted to Bell (Danielle Moné Truitt) that he couldn’t have been involved. Eventually, Nova told Bell where Hugo was; he claimed he’s being set up by a dirty cop.

Though the real murderer was revealed to be a dirty cop, Van Aller—who killed himself—Hugo wasn’t exactly off the hook: Marcy Killers boss Webb (Mykelti Williamson) was angry Hugo didn’t reveal his connection to one of the murdered women, and Hugo felt betrayed by Nova that she outed his encounter with the police to Webb.

With Nova stuck in the middle of two very different worlds, “she sort of gets this resurgence of duty and being duty-bound to her job,” Johnson explains of her post-“Guns & Roses” mindset. “Priority wise, she’s having to think about her relationship with Webb, but wanting very dearly to get…herself back on Hugo’s good side. So, for me, Nova the cop is focusing on Webb, but she cannot separate this need and desire to…get herself back in Hugo’s good graces. So I think it’s something that we’ll have to see under the surface, because at this point now I think Bell is demanding that she focus on her role as a cop.”

Faring slightly better were Bell and Nova, who made up by the end of the episode, with Bell warning her undercover officer that “worlds begin to blur” when you’re that deep. Nova, for her part, admitted she was out of line with her implication that Bell was profiling Hugo.

“I think she trusts Bell, which is really important for me to understand and to make sure that I use,” Johnson acknowledges. “Because there is this sort of need to sort of do things on her own, but I think that she really, really trusts Bell. And she does feel like this is her partner and like this is part of her team. And she feels like Bell reciprocates that level of trust. So, at this point, it’s really trying to reassure her that she can stand firm in that trust. So I think that’s what Nova is pretty much focused on with Bell.”

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